Fostering College Success:  Supporting Youth in Higher Education 

Sarah Pauter, John Burton Advocates for Youth        

Young people with experience in foster care often struggle to be successful in college. In 2021, the Tennessee legislature authorized the Department of Children's Services, working jointly with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Board of Regents, and public institutions of higher education to establish a pilot foster care youth outreach liaison pilot program at a minimum of five (5) public institutions of higher education (Tenn. Code § 49-7-179).

The liaisons serve young people who have experienced foster care by being a knowledgeable source of information about college and a connection to further supports and services that might be necessary to support their college success.

Sarah Pauter, foster care alumna and Senior Education Project Manager at the John Burton Center for Youth discusses common obstacles facing young people in the transition from high school to college and strategies to support student success in and out of the classroom. The session was recorded in cooperation with the DCS office of Independent Living, and many of Tennessee’s new Foster Care Liaisons were in attendance for the live session.           

CLE:  This course has been approved for 1.75 hours of general CLE credit. 

  • The approved CLE for this training includes an additional 15 minutes (.25 credit hour) to include time to complete the Pre-Training Quiz and Survey, and Post-Training Quiz, CLE Request and Training Evaluation.  Kindly take your  time to offer thoughtful responses to the questions.
  • Partial Credit is not given for distance learning courses.  
  • CLE for completed on-demand distance learning courses is reported one time, regardless of calendar year.
  • Pre-Training Quiz questions allow us gauge the understanding of the topic before viewing the material.  Please answer each question with your current understanding of the topic.  Quiz questions are reviewed for data purposes and do not affect the reporting of your CLE hours.  

To continue, please complete the Pre-Training Quiz and Survey, and click "Continue to Training Presentation" at the bottom of the page.   You will be directed to the video presentation and training materials.


Information and Pre-Training Quiz




Acknowledgment - Action required below

CLE credit for On Demand Distance Learning courses is based on both content and time spent viewing the course. In order to receive CLE credit for the course, I understand I must complete and submit Pre-training Quiz and Survey,  view the course in its entirety, and complete the Post-training training quiz and evaluation. (The CIP can monitor the amount of time spent on viewing the course. Partial CLE credit will not be submitted.)  Please initial below to acknowledge the viewing requirement.

1.Why do young people who have experienced foster care struggle to get to college?
2. How does trauma manifest in the lives of young people in their learning environments?
3. What is one way to keep a young person who is college bound on track over the summer before college?
4. Please explain your primary reasons for taking this training:


Pre-Training Survey

Please take a few moments to complete the Pre-Training Survey.  Your responses will help us in planning future training opportunities and programs that relate directly to your practice in the Child Welfare System.  

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1. Your professional role in Child Welfare (Please select all that apply) :

4.  In which county(ies) do you primarily practice?  Please indicate up to three counties.
*Kindly refrain from answering with "Tennessee."

5. How long have you worked in the child welfare system?
6. Would you like to receive future email correspondence regarding training and other activities sponsored by the Court Improvement Program?
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